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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:32

Jimmy Savile's headstone removed from Scarborough cemetery

The gravestone of Sir Jimmy Savile has been removed from a Scarborough cemetery.


His family said they were dismantling the triple headstone memorial "out of respect to public opinion" following allegations he sexually abused girls.

Scotland Yard is pursuing 120 separate lines of inquiry and there could be 30 victims.

Work to remove the stone - which bears the inscription "It was good while it lasted" - finished at about midnight.

A family spokesman said the decision had been made due to "the impact the stone remaining there could have on the dignity and sanctity of the cemetery".

Sir Jimmy had a long association with Scarborough and was buried there after his death, aged 84, in October 2011

A spokeswoman for Scarborough Borough Council said: "We have been advised by the funeral directors, Joseph A Hey and Son, acting on behalf of Jimmy Savile's family, that the headstone at Woodlands Cemetery has been removed."

The Jim'll Fix It and Top Of The Pops presenter was buried in a gold coffin at a 45-degree angle at the cemetery, facing the sea, at his own request.

The coffin was later encased in concrete as a "security measure" amid speculation about its contents.

Although he was buried in November 2011, the triple headstone was only unveiled last month.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police said it was pursuing 120 separate lines of inquiry after recording eight allegations against the Leeds-born entertainer, including two accusations of rape.

Plaque vandalised


The investigation follows claims made about the BBC broadcaster in an ITV documentary last week.

BBC Director General George Entwistle has promised a "comprehensive examination" of the allegations concerning Sir Jimmy's time at the corporation.

Mr Entwistle said all "outstanding questions" would be addressed after the police had finished their inquiries.

The removal of the headstone comes days after a footpath sign in Scarborough commemorating Sir Jimmy was taken down by the borough council.

A plaque outside his flat in Scarborough was also removed last week after the words "rapist" and "paedophile" were written on it.

Leeds City Council has taken his name off an inscription on a wall commemorating high profile citizens at the city's Civic Hall.

And a wooden statue of Sir Jimmy, which stood outside Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow, was also removed from public display after the allegations were broadcast last week.


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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:53

One just has to wonder why these things take so long to appear after the the fact? I am not for one minute suggesting that the allegations are not true but why don't these people, if there are so many, come out sooner? The fact that the man is dead and buried makes things look like a witch-hunt and ultimately no one really gains anything from it! The ones who end up with the **** smear on them are the unfortunate family members left behind!

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 08:05

A few tried and the police shot them down because he was so well respected and wouldn't believe it, very sad really..

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 08:09

He was a racist?

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 08:23

I find it strange how this is all coming out the woodwork now. I don't see any protest or annoyance by his family? If they were sure he was innocent there would be a battle to clear his name or something surely?

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 08:39

I find it strange how this is all coming out the woodwork now. I don't see any protest or annoyance by his family? If they were sure he was innocent there would be a battle to clear his name or something surely?


What do you say when something as big as this happens, perhaps the best thing to do is say nothing! Damned if you do and damned if you don't!

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 08:51

I find it strange how this is all coming out the woodwork now. I don't see any protest or annoyance by his family? If they were sure he was innocent there would be a battle to clear his name or something surely?


Didn't a nephew or a godson or something try to stop the accusations when they were first aired a couple of weeks ago?

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:13

I find it strange how this is all coming out the woodwork now. I don't see any protest or annoyance by his family? If they were sure he was innocent there would be a battle to clear his name or something surely?

Yes, some of the reactions by different people to this "news" are very strange :s :/ I was very shocked, but it seems certain other people weren't, which is concerning.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:59

He was a racist?

he was old of course he was a racist pffft... silly man :p

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:09

I always thought something was weird about him, the news didn't surprise me really if I'm honest

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:11

The institutional cover-ups involved are staggering. The BBC, Police, and others should be ashamed of themselves. I'm not entirely surprised though, just look at the police's conduct in the Hillsborough disaster.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:21

Shouldn't they wait untill charges are actually confirmed. Well I don't even know who he is so...

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 16:51

He was a racist?


Worse. Paedophile.

Some evidence that came to light today is pretty damning.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 16:57

Shouldn't they wait untill charges are actually confirmed. Well I don't even know who he is so...


He was a very famous British radio DJ & TV presenter in the 60's & 70's, and did a lot of charity fundraising in the 80's onwards. Enough to earn him a knighthood.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:05

he was old of course he was a racist pffft... silly man :p

He was an alleged paedophile... I doubt he was racist as the majority of money he raised went to helping people of all races.